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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
TAGS:basar b'chalav  counters  fleishig  milchig
Halacha - Basar B'Chalav
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Answer: While there is no obligation in Halacha to have separate counter-tops, and in previous generations few frum Jews had this luxury, it is highly recommended for practical considerations if you want to facilitate keeping a kosher kitchen. Firstly it is not uncommon to place a hot pot or pan on the counter, and there is reason to be concerned that one may place a hot milchig utensil in the same place that a hot fleishig container was previously situated creating problems of bliyos, absorbed taste. Even if you are careful to use a trivet, if hot food would fall on the counter it is possible it could fall in the place that previously made contact with hot food from the opposing side. Additionally and most importantly, most people do not keep there counters spotlessly clean and even cold foods could come in contact with residue of old milchig or fleishig remnants.
posted:2009-08-07 03:18:03

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